January 20, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sorry no posts today. Just felt “off” so took a day. I know there’s nothing fancy about the home, although look closer and you’ll see the stained glass window and what looks like an awesome front door. But the family was great, that little girl crazy adorable, it had to be shared.

  2. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    The picture nicely demonstrates that, at the close of the 19th century, even 800 sf working-class domiciles had some pizazz!

    Western New York is celebrated for its distinctive cobblestone houses, constructed for the most part from the 1820s to the 1840s. They were made from rounded, surf-polished stones deposited on ancient lake beaches, carefully sorted by size and color to create an eye-catching tapestry. Here is an especially nice example, priced just a smidge over $35 thou:


    • Kalani says: 46 comments

      that Palmyra place is just lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    • says: 28 comments

      I can’t believe such a lovely house is so inexpensive! Granted, they don’t show you much inside. I would not have guessed that it’s as old as it is. Nice find!

    • cheryl plato says: 179 comments

      Street view on the Palmyra home is pastoral, rural and quite scenic! yes what is shown of the house it looks like it’s almost perfect, beautiful home, wonder why such a great low price? I am smitten.

    • Laurie W. says: 1759 comments

      Beautiful example of the wonderful stone houses in that area, which is near where I grew up. The little town of Phelps NY has several — just driving through it is a delight.

      This house is so attractive. It has a vernacular look but also a dignity & formality. I wish there were more photos! Nice to know there’s a toilet in the place, but couldn’t we see some of the features of the inside? It must need quite a bit of work to justify that price; Palmyra is an easy commute to Rochester & businesses in its suburbs. It would be a privilege to restore this great house & make it lived in.

    • Diane says: 68 comments

      It’s been too many years since I studied the style in my classes to remember the specifics. I do remember the style of that specific stone work was attributed to one or two families from a specific region in Europe I no longer remember (sorry for the extreme vagueness, I just no longer remember). Their travel across New York state is documented by the houses they built.
      I do remember when one family in central NYS learned by accident that the old house on their property that they’d let the fire department burn down for a lesson in fire fighting was a prized home attributed to this small group of stone home builders, but I don’t remember all the specifics. I can discuss their stone placement, use of cement, etc., but the specifics about the people involved is gone.
      I do watch for their houses when I travel along the route they took across NYS. I feel like I’ve found a treasure if I see one.

  3. Rachel Shoemaker says: 86 comments

    Here’s an Aladdin Brentwood (kit home).
    Here’s the original in Bay City Michigan for comparison. It was on the market a while back.

  4. Wendi Sue says: 70 comments

    the little girl is so cute! Its funny how the wife is standing so far away from her husband.

    I’ve wondered about the way the 2nd floor overhangs the 1st floor in the 1st picture on the left hand side. I’ve seen it on some of the houses in my area and it just looks odd. This one at least has some decorative woodwork so it doesn’t look so weird.
    its a cute little house.

    thank you for sharing

  5. Cathy says: 2240 comments

    Brick colonial revival, 1930, on a lovely street in great neighborhood. Looks like a comfy house. I like the windows in this house, esp. the wide bump-out with multiple casement windows. The kitchen is not what I would chose, but I kind of like it – light & bright looking.

    • cheryl plato says: 179 comments

      That is a really picturesque neighborhood. Love the lavender house right next to it, actually love all the houses around it. Those little windows on it are unique! Great home!

  6. Cathy says: 2240 comments

    Smallish 1929 bungalow in nice, & extremely convenient, neighborhood: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2811-Ferndale-Pl-Utica-NY-13501/31574926_zpid/

  7. says: 28 comments

    I love the photo! I don’t mind a not fancy house, it shows us more what life was probably like for a lot of people. They seem like a proud little family, Mom is even smiling! 🙂

    Here are a few houses from Las Vegas, NM. Some are nicer than others but they all have their charms:
    I love how bright and airy this one feels. Is that bathtub original? The date of the house is listed as 1915. I’d want to redo the kitchen, the layout is a little wonky, it’s in the addition on the back.

    This one looks like it hasn’t been touched much over the years although it appears that it might have been split into 2 apartments once, one upstairs and one downstairs. There’s a lot of what appears to be original features but it needs a fair amount of work. I’m really drawn to this house, I’d love to go and take photos of the interior!

    Here’s another great one! I don’t love the kitchen or the bathrooms…or the carpet on the stairs but with some restoration I think this house could be glorious!

    1870! This poor house needs some love but look at the vigas and beams in some of the rooms! It appears that there was a fire and minimal repairs have been made but it’s not nearly as bad as some other houses I’ve seen that have successfully been restored.

    There’s a lot to love about this house! It appears to have been split into at least 2 apartments and there’s no denying it could use a loving owner to fix it up a bit and make some of the original character shine. It looks really spacious and that turquoise kitchen needs some reworking (Get the white paint off of all the trim! Reopen that sealed up door! Find a new home for the hot water heater) but I really like the cabinets. Those built in drawers in the bedroom are really cool, I’d love to get the paint off the hardware. Overall this house looks like it’s been covered in paint about 12 too many times but that may not be a bad thing because it seems to have sealed some origin details onto the house, no one has wanted to slough through the layers to change it out. It’s not wildly unique or anything but it is certainly entering.

  8. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    Here are a few Western properties you might enjoy:

    1. Lovely Craftsman home in Port Orchard (commuting suburb near Seattle/Tacoma.) The home has been rennovated/updated, but still retains many features and AMAZING views of the bay:
    228 Seattle Ave
    Port Orchard, WA 98366

    2. 1917 Tacoma mansion..love that millwork and leaded glass windows:

    509 N Tacoma Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98403

    3. Aberdeen, WA…loving the stair and clinker fireplace in this one…

    220 W 10th St
    Aberdeen, WA 98520

    4. Beautiful mansion in The Dalles, OR. The town was originally founded as a military fort during the early settlement and indian conflicts in 1850, after the massacres at the Whitman Mission near Walla Walla, WA. Retention of original features in this one is amazing considering its location. The home appears to have been built about 1909 (the address was occupied at that time by a Hollis S Wilson, City Director.) The home was then purchased in 1910 by Delaney P. Ketchum, a prosperous sheep buyer who purchased several thousand acres near The Dalles to raise sheep. The family lived in the home for a number of years. The unpainted woodwork and curb appeal as well as the price is…well…just take a look:

    216 E 5th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058

    • Michael Mackin says: 2394 comments

      The house in The Dalles is nothing short of amazing! Thanks for the post!

    • says: 178 comments

      The woodwork inside The Dalles, Oregon house is beautiful.

    • KRS says: 63 comments

      Love the house in The Dalles. I never would have expected the interior to be that grand and beautiful. The exterior seems so simple. Look at the court house across the street! Thanks for sharing.

    • NEdebh says: 28 comments

      The Dalles house..nothing short of Wonderful! Would love living there..I’d just set in that entry and absorb the Warmth! Thank you for posting!

    • says: 28 comments

      #1 Oh wow! Way out of my price range but I see why it’s priced the way it is. They do not let you forget the view this house offers either, lol! Here’s the kitchen, HERE’S THE WATER, here’s the bathroom, here’s a bedroom WITH A VIEW OF THE WATER, etc… I can’t blame them though. I’ve never loved granite but the cabinet choice int he kitchen is very nice, that was a good choice.

      #3 Very cool to see such a lovely house in Aberdeen! I’ve always wanted to visit, huge NIRVANA fan that I am. Every documentary that talks about Aberdeen paints it as a dismal miserable little dying town so it’s lovely to see that they were being dramatic (or maybe speaking of the condition of the town during a different time) and hey! The sun does shine there! And there are some beautiful homes and neighborhoods 🙂

      #4 That bathrooom is over the top in a good way: the wallpaper, the stained glass, the vanity, wow!

      • DANPDX says: 80 comments

        Thanks! Aberdeen had been a somewhat depressed town since the 60’s-70’s with the decline of the lumber industry there. However, I think fortunes are changing with the latest housing boom as properties in King County (Seattle) have gone out of sight, Aberdeen is starting to become more of a commute town. It had some very wealthy residents in the early part of the 20th century, so there may be home for the remaining jewels like the home above.

    • Zoomey says: 526 comments

      The last house is astonishing. What amazing woodwork throughout the first floor. I’d kill for the kitchen in the Aberdeen house! Looks like a real cook designed it. Fabulous!

  9. Cathy says: 2240 comments

    House #2 – Love the staircase, & the landscaping, esp. in pic #2!
    Then, house #4 – Wow, its entire entrance & staircase! Gorgeous!!!

    • Michael Mackin says: 2394 comments

      I agree with you on the house in Dawson. It doesn’t look too overwhelming either.

    • JOE says: 755 comments

      The Georgia house is amazing with all of that space. A shame about the vinyl, but that can be taken off. The Bensalem house has what I can only describe as turretlets through the roof that are something I’ve never seen. They are like dormers on speed. The Dover house has a lot of potential. Love the brick walks by the street and it is a short ride to Rehoboth Beach which is where my family beached when I was growing up. Some cousins still do. Delaware has no sales tax so there are lots of outlet shopping centers. I know people who drive to the outlets just to save on prices and taxes. Anyway, I prefer fixers so those choices are good to me. Thanks for posting them.

    • says: 178 comments

      Love the architecture of the first one very much. The second one in Bensalem, PA is my favorite. The third one is good, too.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1026 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Let me add my voice to those admiring the Dawson GA house. It’s lovely, but what thrills me the most is that green linoleum floor on what I guess is a porch. I hope that whoever buys the house also appreciates this durable and charming floor covering.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 187 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Agree with you on Dawson. I’m not typically a huge fan of Victorians, but the spaciousness of this one is wonderful. sometimes they’re overwhelmed with tons of woodwork but this one has a nice balance.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 392 comments

      Dawson home is a grand house in the making…

    • BungalowGirl says: 144 comments

      Great houses! I fell for the little Dover, DE one, as I viewed that one first. The Dawson, GA one is marvelous!

    • Bethany Otto says: 3480 comments

      Jennifer I always click through on your posts because I think we share the same taste in old houses. You always post winners! The Fonda, NY house is amazing. I wonder if there was a fire, seeing so many boarded up windows. The winter picture is my favorite. The house is Claremont, NH is for sure rustic–odd to see vines growing in the house, and yet there is a very nice new looking front loader washing machine, so it can’t be exactly abandoned. Peculiar.

      • Jennifer HT says: 785 comments

        Aw thanks! Sometimes a house will strike me, but have been remodeled too much. Then I can’t stop thinking about it and share it anyway. LOL! Sometimes I just find incredible stuff and want to take on the project. Lately I have been following Ross and getting caught up on the Cross House and remind myself I don’t have it in me to do a complete run down home. So I hope someone here will!

    • JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Jennifer, thanks for Danascara Place in Fonda. Amazing early history there, but mostly the c.1870 rebuild for descendant Alfred DeGraff visible now. There’s an ancient burial ground behind the house:

      It looked OK in 2010 for $450k, then a fire in 2011:

    • Michael Mackin says: 2394 comments

      I love the house in Fonda. What a great house at a good price as well!

    • says: 8 comments

      I agree, you have excellent taste in old houses. The Fonda house is amazing (except for that kitchen *shudder*) and I would live there in a heartbeat. The staircase and wall coverings in the hall of the Sterling house also caught my eye. Great details that you just don’t find many places anymore. Thank you for sharing.

  10. says: 28 comments

    Here are some more from Las Vegas, NM. It’s the closest town near me that has *affordable* Victorian houses. There are a few other styles as well. For history buffs one of the most noteworthy features of the town is The Castaneda Hotel,
    https://www.abqjournal.com/385849/new-owner-shows-off-historic-las-vegas-nm-hotel.html which was part of the Harvey House chain (the nearby Alvarado in Albuquerque was bulldozed in the 1960’s to make way for a parking lot and everyone has regretted it ever since, that was a horrid mistake and one that has brought shame to the city. Seriously, it’s a source of embarrassment to have let such a treasure meet that terrible fate.). El Tovar, the hotel at the south rim of the Grand Canyon is another of Fred Harvey’s hotels. I hear The Castaneda Hotel has been restore although it may still be ongoing. I was there once about 6 years ago and it was still boarded up but it was lovely to wander around outside.

    This is a nice house, I like the kitchen (super straight forward thoughts there!). I’d paint the wall a different color and change the counter surface but I like the cabinets. Would that heating vent (?) be original or added later? From what I can tell I think I’ve seen a floor plan for this house design somewhere before but that’s just a guess. This is very nearby The Castaneda Hotel.

    This is kind of unusual. I love the windows and built in cabinet. The kitchen is NOT my style but it’s kind of a fun house nonetheless.

    This one starts off looking completely untouched…until you get to the kitchen! It’s not a bad kitchen just a bit of a shock after the first few photos. It seems out of place BUT I’ve seen much worse updates. Another cute house in an old neighborhood. The view of all the other houses from the backyard probably hasn’t changed much over the past 97 years!

    This one is just cute! Look at the wallpaper in the kitchen! Whoever painted this house LOVES seafoam green! Honestly, I do too. I do not love the carpet, the ceiling tiles (?), and whatever light they put in the dining room (it remind me of a public school from the 70’s) but that can all be changed. The kitchen is so cool and I like that the basement is totally usable. Decent size yard and big garage too.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3480 comments

      That first house leaves me cold–literally and figuratively. If someone is staging a house in Minnesota in the winter, perhaps some warmer colors would help! That Dallas house is amazing, other than the blah kitchen. I love the tile on the outside steps; such a nice detail! The Portland house is really great, and I love the probably original lino in the basement, although I’m not personally a fan of the swoopy white hangings to hide the ceiling. I appreciate what they were trying to do though. That San Francisco house is great! I love how it has a modern, appealing vibe but they have left the kitchen largely original looking.

    • Cathy says: 2240 comments

      Thise first two houses… I’d gladly live in either one of them!

    • Victoria says: 135 comments

      Great price for the SF central Sunset house. Those taxes can’t be right, though. I used to live a few blocks away at 22nd and Lawton, it was a lovely neighborhood.

    • akd1953 says: 198 comments

      I agree the Minnesota house could use some warmer colors. The bathroom is the warmest looking room of them all. It is a very nice well kept house.

    • DANPDX says: 80 comments

      Love the millwork & leaded windows in the Poplar Ave home…looks like they captured our once-in-10 years snow storm that just blew through the Portland area as well. Schools shut down for a week and City traffic mostly halted…

  11. says: 28 comments

    I guess Las Vegas, NM is my theme for the week. I’ll do a bunch from Raton, NM next Friday 🙂

    THIS ONE HAS POCKET DOORS! I’m sold. Just kidding, the commute would be too long but I can dream. It’s totally move in ready, it looks like any “updates” were done conservatively, I don’t think I’d change anything about it.

    NOW we’re getting fancier! Before I say anything else, is that a light built into the handrail at the bottom of the sitars?! The built ins, the radiators, the windows, the fireplaces! This house has so much! There are definitely some changes I’d make and um, does that bucket in the hallway mean there’s a leak in the ceiling? Kind of an odd photo… but great house!

    This house appeared here a few weeks ago:
    If you wondered about the house in the background in the 3rd photo, it’s for sale too!
    It looks really nice and well cared for.

    This is kind of an odd one. It was turned into an office of some kind. So part of the building is super charming and original and the other part is very sterile and new. I wonder about the exterior design. I’d love to see some old photos of what it used to look like. I guess if someone needed an office this would be a fun option.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3480 comments

      I love the 7th street house, but I don’t understand people/realtors not at least tidying a place up before taking listing photos. Same with the Washington St. photos–one photo even has someone sitting at the computer!

  12. Lindsay G says: 578 comments

    The Little girl in the picture is too adorable! She definitely has a photogenic face! What a little angel. ?

    A 1911 home from Indiana with beautifully carved woodwork.

    A rather pricey 1935 home with some amazing details and nice stained glass. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3630-Magnolia-Blvd-W-Seattle-WA-98199/48942843_zpid/

    A darling little 1893 queen anne victorian located in Minnesota.

    A 1917 mansion located in Baltimore Maryland.

    A 1915 cute wooden bordered home.

    This 1911 church/house building is absolutely amazing inside and out.

    A 1908 prairie style home that’s a bit on the pricey side but beautiful nevertheless.

    • Ed Ferris says: 305 comments

      Indianapolis has been doing better, economically, recently, but Fall Creek – Mapleton, which includes the 3300 block of Ruckle, is still ghetto. Although it was a better middle-class neighborhood in its day, they built fourteen houses per side per block, as you can tell from the house numbers.

  13. Ross says: 1 comments

    Can anyone date the popularity of the lattice fence for me?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I was wondering the same thing after I saw it. For some reason I thought lattice fences were a “newer” invention.

      • ChrisICU says: 23 comments

        Lattice, Latticework, and Treillage are words to describe similar things. It’s been around throughout western history and has been used both indoors as decorative design and outdoors as walls, buildings, and furnishings. Do a google search on Treillage and you will be surprised at how some make humble latticework. Or, just look here: http://www.accentsoffrance.com/home/

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Impressive, thanks.

          ChrisICU, I don’t know your real email address but I keep getting bounce backs that yours doesn’t exist, I assume a typo. Just wanted to let you know since you had been signing up for comment notification (so hope you see this!) 🙂

  14. StevenFStevenF says: 187 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Good morning! Here are a few finds in varying degrees of distress or shine…

    A foreclosure in Cairo IL…an old kitchen, lovely staircase but no bathroom pictures, which means they too might be original…

    A house in Russellville, KY that was formerly a bank, robbed by Jesse James.

    A quaint log cabin in VA…

    A foreclosed bungalow in Thomasville, NC that has a lot of potential, but needs a great deal of work.

    On the other end of the Thomasville spectrum, a lovely 1941 Colonial revival with not one, but two paneled dens. sigh.

    Lastly, an interesting 1936 “moderne” GE House of tomorrow in Abilene, TX that could be wonderful if simply emptied out a bit.

    p.s. feel better, Kelly!

  15. KRS says: 63 comments

    Thought I’d share some of my fantasy properties in France. What can I say, a guy and his “chateau dreams”!

    Not available but so grand!

    Beautiful chateau that seems to be only one room deep?!?

    Too grand? c’est impossible!

    A chateau with an orangerie!

    Not really a chateau, but those gardens!

    • ChrisICU says: 638 comments

      Hi KRS, regarding your ‘one room deep’ comment: that’s a style that’s not uncommon in certain periods in French history. The French Prime Minister has, at his disposal, a chateau called Pavilion de la Lanterne near Versailles. It was called that, I believe, because at night when the house was lit the light would shine through the windows and make the house light up like an old fashioned lantern. The principal rooms would all be connected to each other and may not have any halls or passages between them. The private bedrooms areas usually do have passages. I’ve heard that style called French Lanterne style, but not sure if that’s correct.

      BTW, “a la Lanterne” is a French phrase that has a completely different meaning.
      Here are a couple of interesting and related links: http://thedowneastdilettante.blogspot.com/2010/08/intermission-will-real-la-lanterne.html

    • Scotty says: 18 comments

      Love that last one!

    • Zoomey says: 526 comments

      Are you trying to torture me? The chateau with orangerie, well, what can I say? In another life, maybe…. I can’t believe it’s only 1.2M euros. Seems like a lot of gorgeous house for not an enormous amount of money. I love every single speck of it. Sigh.

    • Paulthedreamer says: 36 comments

      Truly “dream” houses. They are lovely. The gardens are beautiful. I like the idea of a one room wide house. It is impressive. I suppose I should buy a lottery ticket ocassionally. LOL

  16. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    For 300k you not only get a nice house, but four acres and a general store! http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/10746-Macon-Hwy_Jewell_GA_31045_M64057-16204

    Is this one really built in 1960? It looks much older. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13350-Hwy-129-N-Claxton-GA-30417/2100213163_zpid/#

    Another stunner in Eufala Alabama. How is it that there are so many beautiful homes left here? https://www.trulia.com/property/3257941127-539-N-Randolph-Ave-Eufaula-AL-36027

    Methinks there’s something lovely underneath all that…. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/124-Roseland-Dr_Eufaula_AL_36027_M79614-62727

    Is that a widows walk? http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/823-W-Barbour-St-Eufaula-AL-36027/109490666_zpid/

    Oh Eufala, I can’t quit you. https://www.trulia.com/property/1068486332-206-Rivers-Ave-Eufaula-AL-36027

    • Bethany Otto says: 3480 comments

      The Claxton, GA house has to be a typo. 1860 not 1960, I’m sure.

    • JOE says: 755 comments

      Hey ChrisICU, You have made me a fan of Eufaula, Alabama. The number of houses that have old style and charm that you have shown make it seem like an old style southern town. My take on the house built in 1960 is that the town esthetic would have made it a place where someone who was building a new house in 1960 would want it to look like it was built earlier. To my eye the stairway has a bannister and balusters that look like 60’s stock, and the Mantels do too. My father was a custom home builder working from our home at the time. I grew up with the catalogs of millwork available around the house. At that time that door trim was being mass produced. Although they would likely not be in inventory at the local building supply, they would have been readily available as a special order. On your question about a widow’s walk, it may be one, but the purpose of a widow’s walk as I understand it was that the wife of a sea captain or crew member could go up to the rooftop to see the ships in the harbor to determine if her husband was home from his fishing or voyage. For merchants and ship owner’s, their entire financial future could be either boom or bust depending on whether their “ship came in”. Members of every family in a town might have lost family and fortunes when a ship sank with all hands and cargo. In the day, crewing a sailing ship was a risky business. I think that a captain’s wife would have some idea of when her husband would return, so if it was late she would spend a lot of time up there wondering if she was a widow. Of course some waited in vain for a ship that had sunk, which is why they were called widow’s walks. The idea was that some widows would never give up hope, walking up there every day for years. Now this is just what I have been told, and I don’t know if it is true, but I think it is a good story and I like to tell it and like to hear it. My point is that the house is inland, so a widows walk would be a folly and there would not be a real one there.

      • StevenFStevenF says: 187 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1969 Regency
        Nashville, TN

        You are spot on regarding the 1960 house. The delicate staircase is a give-away. There was a revival in colonials in this era…a reaction (I think) against Mid-century moderns. This is a great example. I really like these houses because they’re old enough to be well-built, but not so old that major things like foundations, etc, have failed.

  17. Barbara says: 5 comments

    My brother is finally moving back home after 30 plus years in Colorado, home is Kentucky, he wants to find an old home here that’s a fixer upper, as he is a professional at that, any houses you know of in old Kaintuk would be appreciated, thanks all !

    • JOE says: 755 comments

      Kelly has set up a great search engine of houses she has shown on this site over time. Some have been on the market a looong time. You can do a search with your state only, which would show actives, pending sale, solds, no longer available, and even those that were torn down for lack of buyers. I don’t think that Kelly gives up on an active until it sells or is taken off of the market. A simple search of Kentucky and for sale would show you a lot of great properties. Hope this is helpful to you.

    • ChrisICU says: 638 comments

      Barbara where is your brother moving? There are some easy ways to search online if he has a specific location.

  18. says: 28 comments

    Another one for Las Vegas, NM! I guess they have a contest for “Best Historical Remodel” ever year, who knew?

    Cute, well maintained, plus it has a spiral staircase! I don’t know that this would have been something the house would have had originally but it’s pretty cool! Also, POCKET DOORS! The kitchen isn’t what would have been there originally but it’s very nice and tastefully done. There’s also two rentals on the property (not shown) so although this is priced higher than other houses this size the rental income should offset the additional cost.

    Another lovely well cared for home. POCKET DOORS! Those never get old! A wonderful house all around.

    This is different, a stone house! 1886! I LOVE the fence! Everything about that staircase is beautiful! I like that there is a designated laundry room, personally, that’s something I need. I love the carriage house too. The listing is ridiculously brief for a house this interesting and half the photos are excellent, the other half are blurry, not sure what’s up with that.

    Gorgeous! The kitchen is great with lots of old timey charm but I think the stairs were redone in the 90’s. I’d want to make a few modifications to get rid of some of the “upgrades.”

    Last one! COMPLETELY different. Designed by John Gaw Meem (I’m not familiar with him but reading about him I guess I should be, I have seen his work before I now realize). The listing says it was built in 1965 but the description says 1950’s? Either way, lots of wood paneling – in a GOOD way! Real wood! I think the kitchen and at least one of the bathrooms might be original. I love the fence although it’s a totally different era. Lots of big windows, light, fabulous views! It’s twice my budget and despite being out of my typical taste in houses if it were closer and cheaper I would happily live here and never move.

  19. Cora says: 2057 comments

    Lots of weird mish-mash in this grand lady…Look past that.

    1002 Bloom St, Johnstown, PA 15902
    $28,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    108 Carpenter St, Dushore, PA 18614
    $59,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    1757 Route 287 Rte, Morris, PA 16938
    $79,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    28 Maple St, Addison, NY 14801
    $89,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    • StevenFStevenF says: 187 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Golly, whoever owned the last one wasn’t afraid of paint. The Easter egg colors in the dining room and the Partridge Family bus theme in the kitchen took guts.

    • Julie R says: 10 comments

      Good lord, I think there is a wallpaper border on the toilet tank in that first house!
      Does anyone have a guess as to why the house in Addison is so cheap? I don’t see anything really wrong there, although I would change the funky kitchen.

      • JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
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        Julie, $89k seems like a fair price for the house in Addison. Most folks would think it needs updating and cosmetic work. Addison’s a small town near Corning in the Southern Tier where there’s not great demand for houses and prices are pretty low.

        The house is in the NRHP Maple Street Historic District. It was built in 1889 by Dr. Rush P. Brown, supposedly for his sister Gertrude who died the same year. Dr. Brown lived and had his office in the larger house next door to the right. Thanks Cora!

      • JOE says: 755 comments

        Julie, you may officially say to me, “Made you look”, and be right. I am amazed by the minds of the people that decorate in unique ways. Perhaps it will become the fashion in the use wallpaper borders in bathroom decor, confirming that I am an anachronism. Thanks for pointing it out.

  20. Rachel Shoemaker says: 86 comments

    Someone thought this was a Sears 111, no, not even close. BUT, I thought it was beautiful and needed to be shared! It’s a few months old listing. Sold.

    Check out all of that original millwork!


  21. CocoaG says: 72 comments

    1904 Queen Anne Victorian. Lots of stained glass and unpainted woodwork. I especially love the entry.


    • Cathy says: 2240 comments

      My favorite of this batch is the second one. The exterior doesn’t do a lot for me, but… I really like the interior. Plus a great view of & across the river. And yes, every single bathroom in that house is beautiful! Love their basketweave floor tiling.

  22. Rosalie says: 10 comments


    This Greek Revival cottage was included in Kelly’s featured homes on 10/04/13 and is still available.

    • Laurie W. says: 1759 comments

      So sorry to have seen this today! I remember this house from its earlier appearance here & have run across the listing since. It just captivates me. The street view is even more of a knockout — houses of similar vintage & next door, an antique corn crib & a small building within fencing. Since they aren’t mentioned, I suppose they aren’t part of this property; curious as to whether they are used for anything besides their marvelous picturesque-ness. Up the road is a very pretty antique brick house with several outbuildings which Zillow labels “Murfreesboro Police Dept.” I sure hope not! If anything ever looked less like the fuzz, I’ve never seen it.

      • Rosalie says: 10 comments

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this home, Laurie. I am also puzzled by the length of time that it has been on the market. I agree that the surrounding neighborhood looks charming and Murfreesboro appears to be an interesting, vibrant college community. Perhaps someone has seen the house in person and can comment about their observations.

        • Laurie W. says: 1759 comments

          I wish somebody could, Rosalie. It has so much going for it in so many ways. Curious about it. The people for whom it is exactly right are out there somewhere, if they will only find it. It’s a little gem — and that might be its trouble, who knows? The neighborhood grabs me as much as the house does.

  23. BungalowGirl says: 144 comments

    What a great family photo!

    Here is a house in the town that I live in that I thought was charming enough to share.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 187 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      I really like that first one. Meanwhile, that palace from 1959 seems to have suffered from owners who had more money than taste. The good news is that you can see the original 1959 craftsmanship and quality just underneath the glitzy shiny stone/marble that they’ve plastered around too liberally. And don’t even get me started on that ungainly four-sided settee in the entry way.

      lastly, yesterday, I toured one of your finds from a few weeks ago…the Tudor home in Yonkers. I loved it and am trying to figure out if it will work for me, financially and commute-wise. Thank you!

      • BungalowGirl says: 144 comments

        SO HAPPY to have shared a house that got someone to go view it in person! You are so very welcome! Please, keep us posted!

        I agree about the 1959 house, on Cherokee Trail, but I saw the bones, and thought it worth sharing. It’s an area connected to the local golf/country club. A little over the top for me…

  24. Cora says: 2057 comments

    I’ve been following this poor house for awhile, mostly just checking on it on Google Maps as there isn’t much info. It isn’t for sale, no one lives in it, and someone keeps the property mowed. It is in a less-than desirable area of inner-city Birmingham.

    I wish there was more info. I’m intrigued by its run-down beauty:


    • JOE says: 755 comments

      Hi Cora,
      I love the house you show in this photo, so I did a little searching. Birmingham appears to be built on a grid with the roads in an approximate grid with the major railroad tracks. which appear to me to go from SSW to NNE. All parallel roads North or South of these tracks seem to be called Avenues. Center Street which is approximately perpendicular seems to be the axis point for the perpendicular numbers. For some reason it seems that those roads west of Center Street are called streets SW and streets going east of Center are called streets North. The reason I worked to figure this out is that I was trying to search the property records for your house and the surrounding properties within that block because I am guessing from “walking the neighborhood” via satellite, that someone has bought up the whole block between 12th and 13th Avenues North and 30th and 31st Streets N. There are lots of apparently abandoned houses, (no cars parked on or around the houses), which I find to be interesting too, and empty lots.
      My guess, which could easily be wrong, is that that house and the rest of those are being left for Mother Nature to demolish to save on the expenses, while owner’s pursue zoning changes. After the house falls down it may be cheaper to haul it away than to hire someone to demolish it. It’s just a guess. I tried to do a property search for supporting evidence and was stymied by the state property record search engine. I ran out of patience, realized how much time I had taken and quit. If it would give you or anyone else pleasure to figure out how to do such a search the link for the Alabama state searches is here: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/Alabama-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm
      I thank you for an hour or two of stimulating thought.

  25. Don says: 7 comments

    125 Chestnut Street Alto Pass, IL 62905 Built in 1897, Majestic Victorian close to Wine Trail, Shawnee National Forest, SIU and Bald Knob. Quiet, small town living. Great tourism and recreational area.
    $84,900 4 bed 3.5 bath – Prepare for the Eclipse! Come see the Mayor’s House.

  26. Allan says: 74 comments

    While doing some genealogy research I found this nice older home for sale in Milton, PA. Nice tile in the 2 full baths and built-in’s in the living area are sweet.


    I have this thing for stone houses!


  27. Cora says: 2057 comments

    41 W Court St, Hudson, NY 12534
    $1,120,000 | 4 Bed • 5 Bath

    Has this been posted? I searched but couldn’t find it. Says it’s a Barber?

    22 S Franklin St, Athens, NY 12015
    $725,000 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yeah, it’s a Barber. It’s been rattling around my to-post list for a while but never posted (maybe it’s been shared before?)

  28. SueSue says: 1142 comments
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    1802 Cape

    In Searsport this is quite the B&B right on the water. Historic captain’s home. Built by shipbuilders in 1874.


    An incredible Georgian Revival mansion in Portland ME designed by Frederick Tompson. The woodwork in this house is just beautiful.


    A very nice 1929 home that has not been spoiled yet. Walking distance to the beach and has the most adorable mini cabin on the property.


    I realize this house was built in 2007 but I am so impressed with the work they did to recreate an old gambrel saltbox. I had to share. I especially like the kitchen with it’s enormous fireplace.


  29. ChrisICU says: 638 comments

    Here’s an interesting mid-century. It’s got a Japanese modern mountain home vibe and complete with separate tea house. It definitely needs some TLC but retains that cool vibe. Taxes are cccrrraxy, but it is Pound Ridge. Not sure I agree with the (hipster click bait) FLW reference as it holds itself well without it. Always nice to see a unique home like this. http://www.houlihanlawrence.com/property/62042843/21-gorge-lane-pound-ridge-ny-10576

  30. says: 56 comments

    Super grainy photos, but nonetheless looks like it could once again be beautiful

    1886 Church turned into a home

    Old homes, like this one,that need work just really pull at my heart strings

    Gorgeous Tudor style home in Des Moines in a neighborhood that also has many beautiful old homes

    Love the woodwork in this home

  31. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2856-Hammond-Rd-E-Traverse-City-MI-49686/94780317_zpid/
    This beautiful home is just down the road from me. So glad there’s lots of pictures! I didn’t realize it came with so much land.

  32. Cora says: 2057 comments

    Love. I’ll take the retro TV too:

    424 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069
    $59,900 | 6 Bed • 2 Bath

    1111 W River Blvd in Riverside, Wichita, KS 67203
    $199,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  33. Cora says: 2057 comments

    308 Main St in South End, Burlington, VT 05401
    $945,000 | 8 Bed • 2 Bath

  34. ChrisICU says: 638 comments

    This is not only a lovely historic home, but it’s got one of the most unusual settings I’ve seen in a while. It’s actually adjacent to a 300 + foot tall historic monument. What a nice setting to wake up to every morning. Ok, I know a prior owner got perhaps too zealous with paint on the trim, and no pix of baths and kitchen, but I hope those are as nice as the rest. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/9-Monument-Cir_Bennington_VT_05201_M38801-69535#photo27

    Daniel Donnelly house, site of the Civil War Battle of Falling Waters https://www.redfin.com/MD/Williamsport/14906-Falling-Waters-Rd-21795/home/50281483

    120+ acres, Circa 1730 stone house that is not directly on the road. Needs some work, but great bones. https://www.redfin.com/MD/Williamsport/14906-Falling-Waters-Rd-21795/home/50281483

    On one hand I’m happy for the people who are closing on this house. On the other hand I’m so jealous. If someone were to ask me what kind of summer kitchen I’d want look at this basement kitchen. I would be so happy down there. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/233-Burnt-Factory-Rd-Stephenson-VA-22656/75342659_zpid/

    • SueSue says: 1142 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Chris, that first house is a charmer. I did not expect the inside to look as it does from looking at the outside of the house. I am really impressed.

  35. Cora says: 2057 comments

    THAT. CLOCK. I can’t stop looking at it.

    2218 Ave E, Wilson, KS 67490
    $76,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  36. Samantha R says: 4 comments

    I was browsing homes in Galveston, TX and came across this gem. Unfortunately, I’d need to win the lottery to buy it, but it’s pretty amazing. http://www.har.com/u/DBD44372E

  37. JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
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    Here’s an 1850ish Italianate farmhouse in Washington County NY near Vermont; not that special really.
    The listing says 1889, from a date carved in a lintel by the owner when he remodeled the place: Fonrose Farwell 1889.
    Farwell’s bio in the 1878 county history says he bought the place in the 1860’s and there’s an illustration:
    Fonrose Farwell was a successful farmer and beekeeper with a great name, and high self-esteem. His cemetery monument is astonishing!

  38. KellyL says: 1 comments

    This outside of this house was portrayed as Mary Richards’ home in the Mary Tyler Moore show. https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/mn/minneapolis/2104-kenwood-parkway/pid_871947/

  39. Melvil says: 7 comments

    Selling my house!

    One of the rare example of antebellum homes built of concrete european style!

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